"Mari's Place has an Open House August 30th - 4 -6pm.
They are offering a "nature based childcare program with new curicullum, a new look and more.
RSVP - Allisha 758 3000
Their aim is to foster the emotional well being of homeless and low…"
"Wow, thanks so much Todd! This website looks great. It seems like Australia (Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative:
http://www.hphpcentral.com/) and the UK have some programs headed in the right direction. I'm reading…"
I would suggest visiting www.mind.org.uk and checking out either the Ecotherapy- The green agenda for mental health or the executive summary of it which presents benefits of certain simple outdoor nature connection activities that…"
"Hi Todd and friends,
I am writing a paper for a graduate class about nature as a means for improving wellbeing and as a possible means for preventing/treating depression. I've looked into some of the nature ideas I've seen in this…"
"The Naturalist Adventures meet every third Sunday of the month 9am-12am at Avery Park Rose Garden. They then car pool to a local natural area. There would likely be time to continue some conversations during the outing too. See…"
"The 18th I'm hoping to go on The Neighborhood Naturalist Adventure from 9am-12pm, I could meet either before or after. Anyone interested in a Nature Priciple Reading Circle to build motivation, inspire, activate?"
"I like the idea that you posed about actual competency (i.e., skills like risk management). This is something that our organization believes in (www.soleexperiences.org) and is working with other professionals in the field of outdoor education…"
"April - I just saw your note. My friend, Leslie Martin, is the one who created the nature therapy tool kit. I saw it when I was back in KY in October and it is amazing! Her email is email@example.com
I'm sure she would…"
Just getting junior high and high school aged children outside tends to help them talk more than in the office in my experience. Ask them to find a natural item and talk about it.
I've been integrating ideas from a Ph.D. Thesis…"
"Todd, I would love to talk to the person who is studying school counseling and interested in nature therapy. I am in the same boat. If you could pass along my email address to him/her that would be wonderful! AWatts@nnu.edu ... thank you so much!"
Is this the The connectedness to nature scale: A measure of individuals’ feeling in community with nature by F.Stephan Mayer and Cynthia McPherson Frantz? Have you seen the Nature Relatedness Scale by Elizabeth K. Nisbet John…"
How do we know a child is connected to nature? How is nature connection measured? Do differences in the quantity and quality of nature connection make a difference? The counseling and educational fields both have branches obsessed with assessment and measurement. I wonder about the possibility of measuring nature connection and whether such a measure could be used to look for correlations between the degree of nature connection and it's impact on other measures such as physical health,…See More
"Hey Tim, I wonder what indigenous people who still live in close connection to nature would say about how to measure connection to nature? I wonder what someone who knows a lot about mirror neurons would say about their usefulness in measuring…"
"Thanks for the link to the article on flourishing-languishing. After skimming it I am thinking if the flourishing-languishing model represents more of qualitative measurement (quality of living) and the traditional mental disorder paradigm more…"
"Wow Katy, the drum circle research sounds pretty awesome showing a direct impact on physiology. It makes me wonder what parts of our physiology in impacted the most by nature connection. I wonder what parts of the brain light up in response to…"
I work as a Licensed Professional Counselor with 3-7 year old's and their families at The Old Mill Center for Children and Families. I'm adjusting to a normal scheduled life after 4 years as a wilderness therapist with Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Expeditions, doing 3-4 week expeditions with teens. I took a couple Tom Brown classes in the early 1990's and Coyote Mentoring Week-long at the WAS last summer and have been applying it in my work in counseling. I am interested in how Nature Connection Mentoring, Cultural Mentoring, and maybe Regenerative Living Skills could be applied to counseling and the development of Nature Therapy as a counseling approach.
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Very interesting group. Nature therapy hadn't been on my radar at all. My early career as a park ranger has not linked in any real way with my longer and current career with mental health and addiction counseling. I've entered the social media realm cautiously and privately.
Thanks for the invitation - I'll be following the conversation!
Hi Todd. Welcome to the forum. I'm glad you found us and hope you make yourself at home here. Your work and background are fascinating. I'm sure you'll find many connections here. We don't have a nature therapy or health group yet - I'm thinking the time may have come. The Natural Teachers Network may speak to you. There's also another member, Walker Korby, who is doing a lot of work around regenerative skills. If I think of more forum resources I'll let you know. Cheers!